Manslaughter in Columbus, Georgia

Manslaughter and murder are both classified as homicide offenses in Georgia. Manslaughter is the lesser of these offenses that, unlike murder, is not premeditated. There are two types of manslaughter: voluntary and involuntary.

Voluntary Manslaughter

Voluntary manslaughter occurs when one person intentionally kills another in a moment of passion. There is no pre-meditation involved; rather, it is the result of a provocation that would cause any reasonable person to react.

Voluntary manslaughter is a felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Involuntary Manslaughter

Involuntary manslaughter, or negligent homicide, is the killing of another person as a result of reckless, negligent or illegal activity, such as driving under the influence.

The least of Georgia’s homicide charges, involuntary manslaughter can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. It is also possible that the family of the victim could bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the accused to sue for damages.